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Community Collaboration: how councillors can enable resident-led solutions

Local Trust and LGiU are hosting a roundtable event to discuss how councillors can best help their community by encouraging local people and groups to take the lead on projects and issues that matter to them.


Citizen Power Peterborough: the Arts and Social Change Programme

September 3, 2015

Citizen Power Peterborough: the Arts and Social Change Programme aimed to use socially engaged art to stimulate community participation and generate new perspectives among leaders of public services. It also sought to support locally based artists to contribute to the city's aspirations.


The future of libraries

January 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

A new report has launched on the future of libraries. A new beginning or another dusty old tome?


Sport, community and councils

August 27, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

We believe that community sport offers an excellent vehicle for councils to achieve key aims, like improved public health but also as a way to build better networks, achieve stronger more resilient communities and develop an array of opportunities that support children, women, men, older people, disabled people and BME…


A call for councils to protect pubs

July 10, 2014 by LGiU

Claire Cain, CAMRA’s Campaigns Manager, writes about the importance of community pubs and the part that councils can play in keeping them open. This is a call from CAMRA to ask all councils to utilise available powers and tools to ensure local pubs in their communities are protected, as argued…


The value of community sport

May 7, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

Some of the key policy concerns of the last decade have been about increasing activity, promoting community spirit, increasing connectedness and volunteerism, skills promotion and more recently combatting loneliness. For me, community sport has helped with all of these.  I play myself and support my son’s age group at my…


Councillor Allowances: Select Committee report on Councillors on the Front-line

January 10, 2013 by Laura Wilkes

The cross-party Communities and Local Government Select Committee have today released details of an inquiry into the modern councillor. The inquiry looked at the role of councillors and how to tackle the different barriers that prevent people from standing to be a councillor. Crucially, the inquiry identified three barriers to becoming,…


Mapping people who are ‘making a real difference’

May 30, 2012 by Rob Dale

It has been announced that the Community Right to Challenge will come into force on 27 June. Under the Right, ‘relevant authorities’ (which applies to all local authorities) must consider expressions of interest by ‘relevant bodies’ – voluntary and community bodies, organisations set up for solely charitable purposes, parish councils, and by…


Serving the services

June 27, 2011 by Glyn Gaskarth

Local authorities cannot affect the defence expenditure policy decisions made by the coalition government but they can put in place measures to help the armed service community in their areas,


Can we help CLG define what a community is?

November 23, 2010 by Laurie Thraves

The good folks at Eland House have a problem on their hands. The official line is that the Localism Bill has been delayed by “parliamentary congestion”. There’s also speculation, however, that the Bill is being delayed because some of its content is creating a headache for the civil servants. One…